A 22-year-old Arlington woman told a Arlington Circuit Court jury yesterday she was raped, beaten, cut and robbed by a man who entered her first-floor garden apartment early one morning last July.
The woman said she was injured when she tried to wrest a knife away from her assailant and required 16 stitches in both hands, but suffered a mental blackout about the incident for almost three months.
She identified her attacker as D'Alesandro Barber, 27, of 901 N. Wayne St, Arlington. Barber, a delivery man for a furniture store, has pleaded not guilty to charges of rape, robbery, malicious wounding and breaking and entering with the intention of raping and robbing. He took the witness stand to testify he was at a rock concert in Washington with a cousin at 2:30 a.m. July 11 when the attack allegedly occurred.
The woman testified she fell asleep around 1:20 a.m. and awoke about an hour later to "a body pouncing on my bed."
Under questioning from Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Helen Fahey, the woman said she called police to report rape, but a few hours later at a hospital told police she didn't think she had been raped. She also acknowledged failing to identify Barber the first time she saw his picture, but recognized him the second time.